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Washington County Library
September Highlights

Spotlight On…Back to School

Whether you’re starting a new grade, or you consider yourself a lifelong learner, we have tools, events, and materials that can help put you at the head of the class. From read-along story websites, online homework help, and teen after-school hangouts, to SCORE workshops for business beginners and Great Courses DVDs for curious minds, you’re sure to find what you need to succeed. (And if your kid’s homework has you stumped, don’t worry. We have tons of those books for Dummies too.) Learn more about our Spotlight On... series

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Library Card Sign-Up Month

Join Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles in celebrating everything, well, incredible, about libraries during Library Card Sign-Up Month. Think your library is awesome? Starting September 1, share your library story on Twitter, Instagram, or the I Love Libraries Facebook page with the hashtag #MyLibraryIsIncredible for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card from the American Library Association. And be sure to follow us @WashCoLib to keep up with all of September’s celebrations on social media!


Robots, Detectives and Engineers

This month, work together during family engineering day at Hardwood Creek Library, explore the world of radical robots at Valley Library, and start playing detective at Park Grove Library. Our monthly STEM Saturdays series offers programming in science, technology, engineering, and math once a month at every WashCoLib branch. Find all of our STEM programs in our calendar!


Travel Smart, Find Your Ancestors

This fall, we’re launching two program series for adults. In our Smart Travel series, learn about home safety with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, explore what Road Scholar has to offer, plan your next family trip to Disney World and more. If you’re more interested in digging into the past, check out our Genealogy 101 series to learn the ins and outs of Ancestry.com and other online genealogy tools.

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Club Book presents Peggy Orenstein

Best-selling author Peggy Orenstein will be at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. for Club Book. Orenstein is the author of Don’t Call me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex and Life, Girls and Sex, and Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Orenstein is also “an internationally-acclaimed expert on the challenges facing girls – and their parents – as they come of age in today’s culture." Save the date for her visit!

(Not into nonfiction? Mystery writer Traci Lambrect, aka P.J. Tracy, will be speaking at Lake Elmo Library on Sept. 25!)

Fall Storytime Schedule Begins

This month we’re kicking off our fall storytime schedule, including new programs on weekday evenings and select Saturdays. Find the full schedule in our online calendar, and check out these extra-special storytimes coming up this month: 

Pirate Storytime and Pop Up Library – Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. at Hanfil Park in Hugo. Ahoy mateys! Join us at the main building at Hugo's Hanifl Park where we'll be talking like pirates for Septembaarrrghh's Hugo Storytime. We'll read pirate books, sing pirate songs, do a pirate activity and a pirate craft. Please feel free to come in costume! 

Star of the North Storytime – Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at Oakdale Library. Come to this inclusive, evening storytime for families with elementary-aged children. September’s storytime focuses on people, places, and plots.

Dance Together Storytime – Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. at Wildwood Library. Join Young Dance and use movement to explore imagination, stories and music. In this class, caregivers and children will dance together! Ages birth to 5 years and their caregivers. Registration required.

Library Closed for Labor Day

All Washington County Library locations will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Even though our buildings are closed, you can still access your library account on our website, WashCoLib.org, and check out ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines through our digital branch.

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